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At The Opera, R. Strauss Die Agyptische Helena, March 8, 2014


Die Agyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen) is an opera in two acts by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It premiered at the Dresden Semperoper on June 6, 1928. Strauss had written the title role with Maria Jeritza in mind but, creating quite a sensation at the time, the Dresden opera management refused to pay Jeritza's large fee and cast Elisabeth Rethberg instead as Helen of Troy. Jeritza eventually created the part in Vienna and New York.

As inspiration for the story, Hofmannsthal used sources from Euripides and Stesichorus. This 2002 recording stae Deborah Voigt and Carl Tanner. Leon Botstein conducts.

 
Saturday, March 08, 2014

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor FindBUY FindBUY
8:08p
Richard Strauss: Die Agyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helena - 1928 version) American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor Deborah Voigt FindBUY FindBUY
10:00p
10:40p
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure Act 1 last scene Mariinsky Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conductor Jonas Kaufmann FindBUY FindBUY
11:00p
11:10p
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure Wotans Farewell Mariinski Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conductor Rene Pape FindBUY FindBUY
11:32p
Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di (One fine day) Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor Mirella Freni FindBUY FindBUY
11:37p
Carlo Bergonzi: Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai from Ultimate Opera [Box Set] FindBUY FindBUY
11:39p
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Mascagni FindBUY FindBUY
11:43p
Cilea: L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Cilea FindBUY FindBUY
11:56p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor FindBUY FindBUY
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